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Signage in the streetscape provides information regarding regulations, warnings, guidance, services, recreational, cultural, commercial, or tourist areas, and emergency management. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides standards for a variety of sign types, including:

  • Regulatory (e.g., stop, yield, speed limit, one-way, no parking, sidewalk closed ahead)
  • Warning (e.g., pedestrian crossing, school area, playground, stop ahead)
  • Guide (e.g., destination, route, directional auxiliary arrows)
  • Specific Service (e.g., gas, food, lodging)
  • Tourist Oriented Directional
  • Recreational and Cultural Interest Area (e.g., hiking trail, swimming area, environmental study area, dogs on leash).

In addition to using standard MUTCD signage, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) also designs and produces its own signage. SDOT produced pedestrian related signage includes a warning sign that says, Drive Carefully Think of the Impact You Could Make and has a image of the yellow pedestrian crossing sign with the black silhouetted images of people falling with their bags flying through the air. Other SDOT produced signage includes wayfinding signage that provides directional and route guidance at a pedestrian scale. A preliminary installation of this wayfinding signage can be found on Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. It includes blue directional signs on red posts (post colors correspond to the specific neighborhood or urban village where the signage is located).

Signage related to commercial uses adjacent to the street is an important feature in the pedestrian environment. Because pedestrians travel at slower speeds than motorists, smaller scale and more detailed signage for businesses are appropriate for pedestrian-oriented districts.

Signs: Seniors Crossing

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